UP: A group of 35-30 men badly assaulted and stolen the Muslim family of 10 involving women, children, elders and a handicapped teenager in a Shikohabad-Kasganj bound passenger train on Wednesday in Manipuri district of Uttar Pradesh. The culprits also allegedly robbed them.
The dreadful incident was held when the Muslim family was coming back after attending a wedding. The family was attacked with iron rods and sticks amid Mota and Nibkarori railway stations.
A CCTV video of the incident has gone viral on the social media. It showcased group hitting the family on the passenger coach when they were traveling and throwing stones to smash the windows. Later, they jumped within the train through the emergency window by smashing the glass panel.
50-year-old Mohammad Shakir stated, “It was a horror which I cannot forget. They attacked us with iron roads, robbed our belonging and molested our women. They didn’t even spare my 17-year-old physically and mentally challenged son.”
He asserted, “They verbally abused us with some in the attacking group saying, “Kill them, they are Muslims”, and they continued to beat us until we went unconscious.”
Arsaan (22), son of Shakir said, “The assailants groped my mother and sister blouse and salwar torn it. They snatched their gold chains and took our luggage and jewellery. They even attacked other passengers who came to rescue us. Later the passengers abandoned the coach leaving us behind to fight the assailants.”
“As soon the train stopped, the assailants jumped out of the train and called 20-25 youths who were already waiting on bike. We immediately locked the doors of the coach from inside and shut down the windows but the assailants started stone pelting and broke the emergency window panel. They barged inside the coach and again started assaulting us, while the other passengers abandoned the train,” he stated.
“After the incident we attempted to contact police on dial 100, but every time, call was dropped. Later when the train reached Farrukhabad junction, the GRP took us to hospital,” he asserted.
The sufferers were taken to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia government hospital, Farrukhabad as they sustained injuries in head as well as stomach.
The case has been filed under section 395 of the Indian Penal Code. As per the video, special operation group and other police teams have arrested three men and are interrogating them.